1. Home
  2. Africa

ICYMI: The year ahead

An Afghan girl carries a child near their shelter at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul. Urban displacement in cities like the Afghan capital is one of our 10 crises to watch in 2020. Omar Sobhani/REUTERS
An Afghan girl carries a child near their shelter at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul. Urban displacement in cities like the Afghan capital is one of our 10 crises to watch in 2020.

We’re here to help you gear up for 2020, with a collection of our most recent lookahead coverage. And, because we published more than 500 articles in 2019, we’d understand if you missed a few things. So, we’ve thrown in a few collections of key coverage: climate change, militancy in Africa, and how counter-terror legislation is tripping up aid work across the globe.

What we’re watching in 2020

A boy carries food aid he received from the local charity, Mona Relief, on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen.

Ten humanitarian crises and trends to watch in 2020

Keep a close eye on these topics over the next 12 months. Here’s why.

Aid policy trends to watch in 2020

From the ‘greening’ of relief work to ensuring that data doesn’t turn deadly: here’s our take on the issues that will help shape humanitarian response this year.

My hope for 2020 is…

What do humanitarians across the sector hope for in 2020?

2019 in Review

Photo of a child looking out at the Padma river in Bangladesh as river protection work happens

Climate change

Disaster extremes, new signs of climate migration, and building back worse: a selection of our reporting on the climate issues and threats that tested the aid sector in 2019.

Militancy in Africa

Violent jihadism gained ground in 2019 from the Sahel to Lake Chad to northern Mozambique. It could get worse next year.

A Syrian woman crosses the armistice line to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to get medical treatment.

Counter-terror compliance holding back relief

Aid groups say measures to stop aid being stolen have gone too far and are blocking help from reaching those who need it. And it’s getting worse.

Aid workers offload maize meal for victims of Cyclone Idai in Chipinge, Zimbabwe, 24 March 2019.

The Year in Humanitarian News

A month-by-month look at the events and trends that made headlines in 2019.

Some 20,000-30,000 displaced people now live in makeshift shelters like these in the Ethiopian village of Gotiti.

The humanitarian news you couldn’t get enough of in 2019

Dipoles, data, and blunders in UN investigations: all this and more caught your eye in the past year.

Photo of police in Bunia at protests

Editors’ picks: Why you need to read these 2019 stories

Your favourite stories made our most popular list, but which were ours and why?

Share this article

Hundreds of thousands of readers trust The New Humanitarian each month for quality journalism that contributes to more effective, accountable, and inclusive ways to improve the lives of people affected by crises.

Our award-winning stories inform policymakers and humanitarians, demand accountability and transparency from those meant to help people in need, and provide a platform for conversation and discussion with and among affected and marginalised people.

We’re able to continue doing this thanks to the support of our donors and readers like you who believe in the power of independent journalism. These contributions help keep our journalism free and accessible to all.

Show your support as we build the future of news media by becoming a member of The New Humanitarian. 

Become a member of The New Humanitarian

Support our journalism and become more involved in our community. Help us deliver informative, accessible, independent journalism that you can trust and provides accountability to the millions of people affected by crises worldwide.